Still working on them; the first two are done, the third should be done in the next day or so, still have to finish the scales on the trunk. The forth one is a smaller version of the first one I did; I finished the two "tuffs" first and started the scales on the trunk but have alot more to do. I did the tree stumps to match the finished trees exactly so the can be glued to the bottoms of them; I also finished the inside of them so they can be left separate as downed trees. I'd like to do a couple Lepidedron but I'm not sure how they're going to be able to be molded since they are so intricate at the top; I think the next ones are going to be some different tree ferns and some broken tree trunks. I've got some ideas for the fern leaves and think this may be one of those times for some epoxy sculpt or maybe some S sculpy over some epoxy sculpt. not sure if it can take the oven without burning or releasing some poisonous fumes though, never tried it before.
I finally finished up the second Sigillaria tree over by christmas/new years vacation. it took the better part of a week to finish the scales on that tree. I've tried a couple different things with the fern trees and have not successfully got one done yet so they have set for a couple months until I can figure something else out. the swamp will also sit until I can get the fern trees done right.
One thing I found out the hard way with the Dimetrodon base; Supper Sculpy causes styrene cancer if you leave uncured supper sculpy in contact with plastic for any length of time. I scraped off the 'melted' part and only time will tell if I got it all.
Have not touched the trees in months, probably since about April actually; haven't touched anything at all in three months or more. Got three of them sitting in mold boxes but have no money for molding supplies so they will just sit until I do. Tried to figure out how to make the tree furn tops a couple different ways and it just didn't go well so have not figured it out yet so the rest sit. When I get back to sculpting, hopefully soon, I have to get Steves PS Pachy done first before anything else; I've got to have it done by the end of the year or sooner. its basically fully fleshed out and the head is done and fired, I just need to start adding texture to it; that will be the first project I get back to. Then I need to get back to the Lystrosaurus I started months ago and put aside to get to the Pachy. Once they're done I'll get back to the trees and the jungle swamp I started last year. That should keep me busy through the winter I think. Actually, I swore up and down to the wife yesterday that I was going to get back to it this weekend; I guess I better now since i said I would. I remember when I used to get a hell of a lot more done in my workroom when all I had was a radio; once I put the TV in there things slowed down considerably; its reallly hard to sculpt and watch TV at the same time, its easy to sculpt and listen to the radio at the same time.
Actually, I swore up and down to the wife yesterday that I was going to get back to it this weekend; I guess I better now since i said I would. I remember when I used to get a hell of a lot more done in my workroom when all I had was a radio; once I put the TV in there things slowed down considerably; its reallly hard to sculpt and watch TV at the same time, its easy to sculpt and listen to the radio at the same time.
I can attest to that. Since we put a TV in the bedroom, no "modeling" has been done for a very long time! Hope things get better for you Jeff. Just been to blasted hot to do much either. Got a few small projects going on but nothing of great importance. Hoping this Fall things will get going!
Post by artdecovampire on Aug 27, 2014 2:00:22 GMT -5
I have a load of kits on the bench too. Every time I pick up the glue somebody asks me to do something else. Gardens, DIY etc. The other problem is I do a bit of freelance illustration work on the side. I can't turn down the cash, as this finances my kit obsessions, so my dino-building goes straight to the bottom of the priority list.
Hey Jeff (and All), I just wanted to say that I admire your work and I'll also admit that I have enjoyed looking past your work at the shelves of your workshop and thinking, "now here is a serious artist." And that someday I'll get to build a creative, dedicated workspace for myself like that.
I'll say that I have also felt the need for more PS plants and thought the use of aquarium plants and real twigs and branches by many contributors in the PS gallery has been very creative and look really cool. Kurt did amazing work on his Ankylosaurus and Dimetrodon bases with massively reproduced PS plants and I have wondered how in the world he did that. Has anyone tried a 3-D printer to make copies if the PS pieces?
I have been looking at the paintings of plants in lots of my old Dino books and waiting for inspiration to strike; perhaps over winter break.